Aces High (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Aces High is a 1. Anglo- Frenchwar film directed by Jack Gold and starring Malcolm Mc.
Dowell, Peter Firth, Christopher Plummer and Simon Ward. The screenplay was written by Howard Barker. As acknowledged in the opening credits, the film is based on the 1. Journey's End by R. Sherriff with additional material from the memoir Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis. The film moves the action from the trenches to the Royal Flying Corps (RFC). However, many characters are very recognisable (the idealistic officer whose sister is the girlfriend of a more senior officer who drinks too much, the neuralgia suffering officer accused of funking).
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It tells the story of a Royal Flying Corps squadron in the First World War during one week of battle, where the high death rate of pilots puts an enormous strain on those remaining. In a one- week timeframe, life at the front in a RFC squadron is documented. The real story begins a year before with fighter ace Major John Gresham (Malcolm Mc. Dowell) speaking to a class of pupils at Eton College in October 1. One year later, a new recruit arrives at Gresham's base in France, 2nd Lt. Gresham had been his house captain at Eton and is also the boyfriend of his older sister. Gresham already relies on alcohol to cope with combat stress and continue flying.
Now the strain of being responsible for this young recruit (a potential brother- in- law) is an additional burden. Croft has to learn how to survive not only in the air but on the ground as well as he makes some minor mistakes in squadron etiquette. Croft's week of rapid rite of passage from naive schoolboy to adult fighting soldier takes place. His initial hero worship of Gresham crumbles as he learns the realities of service at the front, yet he regains a respect for Gresham and the stresses he has to cope with.
When Croft finally scores his first air victory and seems to have made the leap in skills necessary to survive, he is suddenly killed in a collision with a German aircraft. While looking out of his office window, Gresham sees an apparition of Croft returning from the battle field uninjured, which fades away. Gresham then orders for the new recruits to be sent in for his inspection.(Name in brackets for the equivalent character in Journey's End.)Production. Squadron, (which was actually stationed in England throughout the war and never saw combat during WW1), is loosely based on No. Squadron, one of the notable S. E. 5 squadrons. The airfield facilities, barracks and motor transport are authentic looking First World War era equipment and the aircraft flown, although not real S. E. 5s but converted Stampe SV.
There is a real Avro 5. This Eindecker reproduction may be the same replica that appeared in Crooks and Coronets in 1. Popular culture. Iron Maiden frequently name songs after war films. Retrieved: 1. 6 March 2. Orriss 2. 01. 3, p 1. Carlson 2. 2. 1. 15.
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